KTLA: O.C. Board of Education tells schools social distancing isn’t necessary for students and masks could be ‘harmful’

KTLA: O.C. Board of Education tells schools social distancing isn’t necessary for students and masks could be ‘harmful’. “The Orange County Board of Education voted Monday to push for the reopening of campuses without many of the widely recommended coronavirus safety protocols. At a 6 p.m. meeting, the board voted 4-1 to approve recommendations for reopening schools, saying that social distancing among students is ‘not necessary’ and wearing masks is difficult to implement and ‘may even be harmful.'”

BuzzFeed News: California Is Shutting Down All Indoor Dining And Bars Across The State Again As COVID-19 Cases Surge

BuzzFeed News: California Is Shutting Down All Indoor Dining And Bars Across The State Again As COVID-19 Cases Surge. “California’s governor ordered the shutdown on Monday of bars and indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, and some other businesses as hospitalizations spike amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the state. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the new statewide orders after about half of the state’s 58 counties were forced to shut down those activities due to local increases in COVID-19.”

BuzzFeed News: Texas, California, And Florida Are Now Seeing A Sharp Rise In COVID-19 Deaths

BuzzFeed News: Texas, California, And Florida Are Now Seeing A Sharp Rise In COVID-19 Deaths. “As experts feared would happen, COVID-19 deaths in the US have started to rise, following a surge in newly diagnosed cases beginning in the middle of June. The new spikes in deaths are largest in the two most populous states, California and Texas. And while infectious disease specialists are hopeful that the number of deaths won’t grow to match the carnage seen in New York State back in April, where the death toll peaked at around 1,000 per day, it’s unclear how quickly deaths may rise in the worst affected states in the coming weeks.”

Politico: California investigating Google for potential antitrust violations

Politico: California investigating Google for potential antitrust violations. “California has opened its own antitrust probe into Google, intensifying the pressure on the search giant already in the middle of investigations by the Justice Department and a host of other states, according to three people with knowledge of the inquiry.”

Los Angeles Times: L.A. lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19, forcing delay of Assembly legislative session

Los Angeles Times: L.A. lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19, forcing delay of Assembly legislative session. “California’s Assembly leader said Monday he will be delaying legislative hearings after a Los Angeles lawmaker tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the state Capitol to close so it could be disinfected. The announcements came after Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (D-Marina Del Rey) and four others who work in the building tested positive for the coronavirus, which likely spread as staffers and legislators met to pass the state budget in late June.”

ABC7: New website Spicy Green Book shines spotlight on Black-owned restaurants across SoCal

ABC7: New website Spicy Green Book shines spotlight on Black-owned restaurants across SoCal. “The Oscar-winning movie ‘The Green Book’ brought attention to a travel guide that helped African American travelers in the mid-20th century. Now, there’s a website called Spicy Green Book that’s shining the spotlight on Black-owned restaurants throughout Southern California with the intention of fostering community.”

Deputies to cite those not wearing masks in West Hollywood; 1st offense carries $300 fine (KTLA)

KTLA: Deputies to cite those not wearing masks in West Hollywood; 1st offense carries $300 fine. “Sheriff’s deputies in West Hollywood say they’ll begin fining people spotted without a face covering in public. The violation carries a $300 price tag for first-time offenders, including a $250 fine and $50 fee, the sheriff’s station said in a tweet. Deputies said enforcement begins this month, indicating it is effective immediately.”

CCPA: CCPA enforcement begins now and most companies aren’t ready

Search Engine Land: CCPA enforcement begins now and most companies aren’t ready. “A number of categories of businesses are explicitly exempted from CCPA compliance, including certain industries covered by federal regulations. However, most publishers will need to be ready to enable U.S. consumers to opt-out of third-party data transfers and demonstrate compliance to regulators in the event of an investigation or complaint.”

EFF: California Agency Blocks Release of Police Use of Force and Surveillance Training, Claiming Copyright

EFF: California Agency Blocks Release of Police Use of Force and Surveillance Training, Claiming Copyright. “Under a California law that went into effect on January 1, 2020, all law enforcement training materials must be ‘conspicuously’ published on the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) website. However, if you visit POST’s Open Data hub and try to download the officer training materials relating to face recognition technology or automated license plate readers (ALPRs), or the California Peace Officers Association’s course on use of force, you will receive only a Word document with a single sentence.”

KCRA: Restaurants, other businesses in 19 counties must stop indoor operations

KCRA: Restaurants, other businesses in 19 counties must stop indoor operations. “Amid an increase in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom is ordering some businesses in 19 counties to halt indoor operations ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. Restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums and cardrooms in the 19 counties must stop indoor operations for a minimum of three weeks, Newsom said during his coronavirus briefing Wednesday.”

ABC 7: Stricter stay-at-home restrictions may return for Californians, Gov. Newsom says as COVID-19 cases climb

ABC 7: Stricter stay-at-home restrictions may return for Californians, Gov. Newsom says as COVID-19 cases climb. “Warning about the COVID-19 dangers of gatherings over the Fourth of July weekend, Gov. Newsom said he will make an announcement tomorrow regarding possible rollbacks of recent reopenings.”

Los Angeles Times: L.A. County issues dire warning amid ‘alarming increases’ in coronavirus cases

Los Angeles Times: L.A. County issues dire warning amid ‘alarming increases’ in coronavirus cases. “Los Angeles County health officials issued a dire warning Monday that conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic are deteriorating rapidly and the highly contagious virus is spreading swiftly in the nation’s most populous county. They said they are now faced with one of their biggest fears: that the reopening of L.A. County would coincide with sudden jumps in disease transmission that have the potential to overwhelm public and private hospitals.”

UC health experts: San Quentin coronavirus outbreak could pose threat to entire Bay Area (San Francisco Chronicle)

San Francisco Chronicle: UC health experts: San Quentin coronavirus outbreak could pose threat to entire Bay Area. “A team of UC Berkeley and UCSF health experts warned prison medical officials nearly two weeks ago that they’d need to cut the population of San Quentin State Prison in half to avoid a potentially ‘catastrophic’ outbreak there. But prison officials didn’t heed the warning and since then, confirmed coronavirus infections among prisoners have rocketed from 48 to 456, far outpacing any other facility in the state and overwhelming a system that waited too long to react.”

KSBY: California rolls out new coronavirus ‘forecast’ model at local level

KSBY: California rolls out new coronavirus ‘forecast’ model at local level. “The website offers three main sets of data. It includes NowCast, which gives the rate of spread of COVID-19. Scenarios, which show long-term scenarios estimating the effect of various non-pharmaceutical interventions. And short-term forecasts that take into account the most recent trends in cases, hospitalizations and deaths and apply statistical models to that data to generate anticipated trends in the coming 2-4 weeks.”